HMRC continues to find itself in the eye of the PAYE storm.
Treasury Secretary Mr David Gauke yesterday found himself answering emergency questions before parliament as a result of the public outcry. He told MPs that while the country could simply not afford to write off the total £2 billion owed, those who owed less than £300 would be spared. The previous limit on what debts HMRC could write off was £50. He also advised that those owing more than £300 would be given time to pay - up to 3 years in the case of genuine hardship. We want to claw back the money "as painlessly as possible" he added.
Of course, as we pointed out in the prequel to this entry, this may be just the start. There are 18 million other unresolved cases yet to be reviewed by HMRC extending back 6 years. This could be a bumpy ride and it's difficult to see how a root and branch review of HMRC operations is not on the cards.